Homespun Inspiration…

Jul 29, 2009

My new online work­shop “Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion” is a vin­tage themed mem­ber­ship style work­shop and includes three online class­es. I will post to a pri­vate blog, one class project on the 15th of each month for three months start­ing August 15th and end­ing Octo­ber 15th. You will con­tin­ue to have access to the pri­vate blog until Novem­ber 1st. Each month’s vin­tage themed project will include a com­plete sup­ply list, full col­or images, step by step instruc­tions, tips, notes and sug­ges­tions. These projects include some of my favorite items such as fab­ric rem­nants, sewing pat­tern tis­sue, old but­tons, sim­ple flo­ral picks, seam bind­ing and Baker’s twine. With these items com­bined you can­not help but cre­ate an ele­gant home­spun project. Click Here to Sign Up As a lit­tle “Thank you” to the ear­ly birds who sign up...

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Altered Vellum Buttons Part 2…

Jul 27, 2009

So last week as I was clean­ing up my work­sta­tion I tossed the vel­lum accent­ed but­tons I made onto a pile of old book pages. Well I looked down and noticed the text com­ing through the vel­lum and had an instant Ah HA moment I just have to share. Look at how cool these but­tons are when you add an old book page to the back of the vel­lum! I just love the lay­ered look so much. All you do is after you have com­plet­ed alter­ing a clear but­ton with vel­lum, cov­er the back of the vel­lum with Glossy Accents, place the but­ton glossy side down onto the book page, press the but­ton down firm­ly with your fin­gers to remove any air bub­bles, poke the but­ton holes with a paper piercer and let it...

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Mixed Scallop Banner Album…

Jul 24, 2009

Here is the new Maya Road Mixed Scal­lop Ban­ner Album. This album comes with four scal­lop pages, four plain pages and 2 rings. I real­ly like that you can stack the plain pages on top of the scal­lop pages cre­at­ing a four page ban­ner as I did below. I like the dimen­sion you get with the pages stacked. You can also alter­nate between the scal­lop and plain pages cre­at­ing an eight page ban­ner. Lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties with this new lit­tle gem. Oh I had a lit­tle Ah Ha moment yes­ter­day while I was toss­ing these clear but­tons around on my work­space. I can’t wait to show you next week. I do believe you are gonna like it a lot! Although if you do a lit­tle inves­ti­gat­ing online you might be able to see what...

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Snowflakes and Mittens…

Jul 23, 2009

I had so much fun com­bin­ing these two new albums. And cov­er­ing them with vin­tage music sheets and wall­pa­per made it that much bet­ter! New Maya Road Mit­ten and Snowflake Coast­er Albums and Beige Ging­ham Rib­bon. The Ging­ham Rib­bon also comes in Brown, Green, Pink, Red and Black and have Ging­ham Point Blos­soms that match each col­or… so super cute! Yep… anoth­er Hang­ing Chan­de­lier piece… I tell ya, I’m not kid­ding when I say I LOVE these… tomor­row I will show you the new Maya Road Mixed Scal­lop Tri­an­gle Ban­ner Album. You are real­ly gonna love this one…...

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Square Scroll Coaster…

Jul 22, 2009

I am lov­ing the new coast­er albums Maya Road is releas­ing. Just like their new Oval Scal­lop Jour­nal Coast­er their new Square Scroll Coast­er comes with 6 pages on a chain and has the first page embossed. So super cute! So do you see the new prod­ucts? There are four shown above includ­ing the Square Scroll Coast­er. They have a new script style set of mini alphas called Car­o­line. These mini alphas come in a pack of 65 let­ters and are per­fect to ink, Stick­le or paint. Maya Road is also releas­ing some new Blos­soms. They have these adorable new Ging­ham Point Blos­soms that come in 3 new col­or com­bi­na­tion sets — Red/Black, Brown/Beige and Pink/Green. You get 8 Blos­soms per pack — four Blos­soms of each col­or. Anoth­er cute flower they are releas­ing...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek Week…

Jul 21, 2009

I final­ly get to start shar­ing some Maya Road good­ies this week. This project show­cas­es four new prod­ucts. Maya Road now has this super cute Oval Scal­lop Jour­nal Coast­er that I used as the base for my orna­ment. Each coast­er album comes with 6 pages on a chain and the first page is embossed. One thing I am super excit­ed about because I LOVE snowflakes are these adorable new mini snowflakes. Each pack­age comes with 10 styles and 30 pieces. Up next are these great new mini alphas called Bethany. You get 65 let­ters per pack. These new Hang­ing Chan­de­lier pieces are won­der­ful too. I like using them to accent my projects. And the great thing here is you get over 70 pieces per pack! So get ready for some of these cuties to...

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Vellum Accented Buttons…

Jul 20, 2009

For those of you who loved my Vin­tage But­ton Bou­quet tuto­r­i­al here is anoth­er take using the clear but­tons. The steps are the same to alter these I just replaced the ledger paper, music sheets and news­pa­per with vel­lum. These but­tons will make a beau­ti­ful “But­ton Bou­quet” or can be used as sub­tle accents for lay­outs, cards and mini albums. I guess I should just say, “Basi­cal­ly any project you can think up.” So try the vel­lum… I think you will like it. Sup­plies Need­ed: Clear but­tons Web­ster’s Pages Sweet as Cher­ry Pie Vel­lum Glossy Accents Tools Used: Scis­sors If semi trans­par­ent is not for you, you can replace the vel­lum with any pat­terned...

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New Online Class…

Jul 12, 2009

I pic­ture this “Sweet Treats” mini ban­ner hang­ing dur­ing fam­i­ly birth­day par­ties or an after­noon tea or lun­cheon with a group of your clos­est girl­friends. With it’s col­or com­bi­na­tion of pale pink and cream and vin­tage style Die Cut accents this mini ban­ner is cer­tain to add a warm nos­tal­gic feel to any spe­cial occa­sion. Hon­est­ly, once you com­plete your Sweet Treats mini ban­ner you might decide it needs a per­ma­nent spot in your home so you can look at it all year long. This online class begins July 15th. At the time of sign up you will be giv­en access to the pri­vate blog. There you will be able to get a com­plete list of sup­plies and tools need­ed to com­plete your ban­ner. You will con­tin­ue to have access for 4 weeks. All...

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A little bit of Lola love…

Jul 10, 2009

Dang this lit­tle Lola pup­py is so sweet and so GOOD! Ter­ri and Lola came to vis­it today so of course that meant a pho­to shoot. Here are a few of our favorites. I think she would look cute on a Jones Soda bot­tle. If you think so too please vote here, here or here. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. Ans­ley leaves for camp tomor­row and I must admit I am kin­da sad. I’m gonna miss her. But I have enough CHA projects to keep me busy as well as edit­ing the man­u­script for my book… so excit­ing to see some of it in print. It is all start­ing to come...

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It’s Christmas In July…

Jul 8, 2009

Start­ing today through the end of July my ever so pop­u­lar “12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop” will be $14.95. That is a $5. dis­count. So… if you were think­ing about get­ting a jump start on some hol­i­day gift mak­ing now is the time to start. There are a total of 15 tuto­ri­als. Some projects come with a tem­plate to make the cre­ative process a bit eas­i­er. Since this work­shop is all about the hol­i­day sea­son I have includ­ed down­load­able images from my stash of favorite vin­tage post­cards and also share with you some of my favorite fam­i­ly recipes, hol­i­day quotes and pho­tos of some of my family’s favorite hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions through the years. Upon pur­chase this work­shop will be avail­able for 45 days in the pri­vate mem­ber...

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Webster’s Pages…

Jul 6, 2009

I am so hap­py, I can final­ly tell you all my news… I am now part of the Web­ster’s Pages Design Team. I was lucky enough to have Web­ster’s Pages as a book spon­sor and now get to be part of their amaz­ing team. If you are not famil­iar with their prod­ucts you real­ly need to check them out here. Their prod­ucts, col­or schemes and designs are incred­i­ble. Today, I cre­at­ed this brooch using the trim and lace they debuted at CHA‑W 2009. It is their Ivory and Cream, Coco Ruf­fle, Spring Green Lat­tice and Turquoise Petite. I am going to attach this to either a purse or t‑shirt… not sure which one just yet. Vin­tage Brooch Tuto­r­i­al Cut a piece of Ivory and Cream lace to 12″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle...

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Happy July 4th everyone…

Jul 4, 2009

My daugh­ter Ter­ri and her fiance Laren are cer­tain­ly start­ing the 4th off with a bang… and this is the rea­son why.… Ter­ri and Laren are now the proud par­ents of a sev­en week old Eng­lish Bull­dog pup­py named Lola. And let me just say Lola has every­one hop­ping. It seems all she wants to do is sleep in your arms and if not she lets you know it with a very loud cry. I received a phone call this morn­ing at 3 a.m. from Ter­ri let­ting me know how per­fect and smart Lola is about going pot­ty out­side. Oh and FYI… Ter­ri lives on the 4th floor. So she will be get­ting her exer­cise going up and down those stairs. Any­way, as I was talk­ing to Ter­ri I could hear Lola cry­ing in...

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What a great day…

Jul 3, 2009

Yes­ter­day my niece Aman­da arrived. I picked her up from the air­port at 10 a.m and we did not stop until 10 p.m. She will be going to col­lege in the fall so the  first stop was IKEA… lots of great fun there. Then she want­ed to hit Mar­shalls as this girl can nev­er have too many shoes. Then we ate lunch and head­ed over to Tar­get. Once we fin­ished there we came home and made this.… well it was more like Aman­da not me… I just grabbed stuff for her to use. I think she cre­at­ed the cutest doll. Now to find a lit­tle glass plate for her to sit on. I have been want­i­ng to make one of these dolls since I saw them online here… actu­al­ly, I still want to make...

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Home Sweet Home Class Underway…

Jul 1, 2009

First off… where did June go? I real­ly want to know. I can­not believe it is already July 1st. My Amer­i­cana Work­shop is start­ing to wind down. Talk about fun. I had a great time shar­ing all those red, white and blue projects. My “Home Sweet Home” class start­ed today. Every­one is under­way work­ing on today’s class assign­ment. Today’s class assign­ment fea­tures one of my favorite tech­niques. I love learn­ing new tech­niques. How about you? Also, I am the Guest Design­er at Scrap-Din­er for the next few weeks. I will be shar­ing lots of tuto­ri­als over there dur­ing my vis­it. If you’ve nev­er vis­it­ed Scrap-Din­er check it out. Sher­ine has a great sale going on right now… 50% off all pat­terned paper start­ing today July st — July 5th. And here is some­thing excit­ing.…...

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